To celebrate the Independence Day, I thought of baking something sweet. While surfing net for some magical recipe, I came across a video for Rose Apple Pie. I was really impressed with the idea. I just couldn’t control, but to try out the recipe and see if I could achieve the perfection. I tweaked the recipe a bit to add in the desi touch. After all, Akhir dil hai hindustani!!
Gulkandi Rose Apple Pie
Caramelizing the Apple slices:
4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Gulkand
Wash the apples and cut them into half vertically. Core them and cut them into thin slices.
In a large non-stick frying pan, heat the sugar. When the sugar starts to melt, add in the Gulkand and mix. When Gulkand is evenly distributed in the sugar mix arrange apple slices in the pan. Cook over medium heat for about a minute without disturbing the slices.
When the apple slices are soft (Start appearing a bit wilted), transfer them into a plate. Let the slices cook completely before handling them.
(Note: I added food colour to give green and orange colour to my apple slices. The food colour was added along with the gulkand.)
Making the pie dough :
1 cup Cake Flour
8 Tablespoon cold unsalted butter (one stick), cut into small pieces
Little ice water to make the dough
Take the butter in a bowl.Add the cake flour into the butter.
With the help of a hand blender mix in the butter into the flour. It will take around 2 to 3 min to get a crumbly mixture.
Dizzle in a little ice water and mix until the dough holds together. Don’t knead it or else it won’t be flaky.
Cover the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes, before working with it.
Making the Rose pie:
Sprinkle some flour on the working area. Take the pie dough and roll it on the surface.
Take gulkand and apply it all over the rolled sheet. (I used Gulkand which was quite sweet in itself so there was no need of adding extra sugar)
Cut the rolled sheet, with the help of pastry cutter,into 1 inch wide strips
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F
Take the apple slices and place them on the strips, overlapping one onto the other.
After arranging the slices start rolling the strip. (Make sure it is tightly rolled or else apple slices will fall apart)
Place the roses in a muffin cups.
Arrange all the roses on the muffin pan and bake it for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Cool it on the rack and its ready to serve.